EARLIER TODAY, THE world was treated to its first proper glimpse at the forthcoming Ghostbusters remake.
Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, the film is already one of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of 2016.
And the trailer does not disappoint.
The response to the trailer has been largely ecstatic with many delighted by the prospect of a female comedy blockbuster. (After all, a giant summer comedy that’s about women exorcising ghosts as opposed to planning weddings is fairly unprecedented.)
Unfortunately, lots of Fragile Men have also decided to weigh in with their Important Thoughts on why it just won’t be funny.
Here are some of their arguments.
Argument #1: The new Ghostbusters won’t be funny because it stars women.
Newsflash: a person’s genitalia has little or no bearing on how funny a person is.
Don’t believe us? Let’s just examine the dictionary definition of humour, shall we?
That’s odd — there doesn’t seem to be any mention of whether or not possessing a penis makes you funnier or not? Does that mean that men and women can both be funny? And that you can’t judge the quality of a film based solely on the gender of its stars?
Saying that women categorically are not funny is as laughable a generalisation as saying, “All men are sound.” Some people are funny, some people are not — whether they are male or female makes no difference.
Argument #2: It’s not that it stars women, it’s that it’s not realistic.
Ah yes, we forgot how gritty and authentic the original Ghostbusters was.
The blue and red squiggly rays shooting from their guns — it’s basically like watching Love/Hate or The Wire.
Argument #3: Women are trying to ruin Ghostbusters on purpose!
Alright, you’ve uncovered the great conspiracy.
Every year at the Annual Secret Feminist Get-Together, millions of women gather to conspire as to how we can best ruin men’s lives.
“First we’ll remake Ghostbusters with women,” we cackle. “When that’s done, we’ll remake other things they love just to upset them… like The Shawshank Redemption and Fight Club! And then we’ll force them to go to the shop to buy tampons for us.”
It’s all part of our evil plan, you see.
Argument #4: I don’t care that it stars women — I just hate remakes!
We must have missed all your horrified tweets about Jurassic World last year. Or your Facebook screeds about how “unoriginal” Star Wars: The Force Awakens was. Or even your rant about how they shouldn’t remake Karate Kid.
You’re not fooling anyone, pet.
In short? Chill out, lads. A film starring women is nothing to be afraid of.
It’s all going to be okay.
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